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Leadership Transitions in 2017

periodiCALS, Vol. 7, Issue 1, 2017

Three transitions will bolster the senior leadership team that oversees the college’s agricultural experiment stations, faculty and department affairs, sponsored research, and the academic aspects of facilities.


Jan Nyrop, associate dean and director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, became the interim director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., on March 1.
Jan Nyrop, associate dean and director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station and New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.

Jan Nyrop

Jan Nyrop, associate dean and director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, became the interim director of the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, N.Y., on March 1. Nyrop served as a senior associate dean from 2007 to 2015, when he was named director of the Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station. A professor of entomology, Nyrop has expertise in the biologically-based management of arthropods in horticultural crops.


Amy McCune, an evolutionary biologist who has served as chair of ecology and evolutionary biology for six years, will become a senior associate dean.
Amy McCune, an evolutionary biologist who has served as chair of ecology and evolutionary biology for six years, will become a senior associate dean.

Amy McCune

In senior leadership, on May 1, Amy McCune will become a senior associate dean, and Max Pfeffer, current senior associate dean, will move into the newly created role of executive dean.

McCune, an evolutionary biologist who specializes in investigating the history of life through the study of fishes, has served as chair of ecology and evolutionary biology for six years. In that time, she has served on both the CALS strategic planning and restructuring committees as well as a variety of university-wide committees, including committees for Educational Policy and Management, Finance and Policy, the General Committee of the Graduate School, and University Strategic Planning.


Max Pfeffer, professor of development sociology and senior associate dean for the last seven years, will become executive dean.
Max Pfeffer, professor of development sociology and senior associate dean for the last seven years, will become executive dean.

Max Pfeffer

The new executive dean position was born out of key priorities identified during the college’s strategic planning process. Max Pfeffer, professor of development sociology, has served as a senior associate dean for seven years. During this time, he has been involved in many CALS initiatives, including strategic planning. In his new role, he will focus on special initiatives for the college and for Dean Kathryn J. Boor, building on recommendations in the CALS Strategic Plan and the CALS Taskforce Structure Report. He will also continue some ongoing duties, including representation of CALS on the Vice Provost of International Affairs International Council and the exploration of new joint programming with international partners.